Rock climbing shoes differ from traditional shoes in that they are made specifically for various types of rock climbing. This means they have a closer fit that most traditional shoes. This closer snugger fit allows the shoes to help you grip to the rocks and hold points easily without damaging your feet or losing your grip. Most of these shoes have no padding or very little padding and are equipped with a rubber sole and may have an extended rubber toe. These shoes are usually not suited for walking or running.
The La Sportiva Tarantula shoe fits the description of the traditional rock climbing shoe perfectly. The shoes are very lightweight, combing in at under 4 pounds. This is ideal for rock climbers who want to keep their extra weight down to a minimum. They have a very thin unlined leather based upper and do feature the sticky grips that most rock climbing shoes feature as well.
The shoes adapt well for indoor rock climbing as well as outdoor climbing and more advanced climbing locations. In other words, they are ideal for beginners up to advanced climbers who want an extra pair of rock climbing shoes as a backup. Buyers should keep in mind that these shoes are made in China and for that reason sizing may be an issue. When you purchase the shoes make sure that you are purchasing based on the overseas or manufacturer size chart and not based on your US or UK size.
A key benefit of these rock climbing shoes is the flexible multi-position closure system made of high-quality velcro. This allows the shoe to adapt to any foot shape and type making them ideal for those buying online as a “sight unseen” purchase.
Some closing points to keep in mind regarding this shoe relate to the flexibility of the shoe and movement of the shoe during your climbing. The shoe is ultra flexible and may take some getting used to if you are not used to this type of flexibility. They do conform to your feet and give you more of an extension to your foot rather than a shoe applied to your foot feeling. This allows the shoe to move with you and reduces the chance of having hot points after first time climbs. It also allows the shoes to be broken in quicker without pain. Overall, these rock climbing shoes match the quality of higher end brands and offer an affordable choice to both indoor and outdoor rock climbing enthusiasts.